By Press Office 06 July 2017

Today, 6th July 2017, the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh has the highest graduate employment rate of any Scottish university and has the third highest employability rate amongst all UK higher education institutions. 98.2% of those graduating from a full time undergraduate degree course at QMU go on to employment or further training within six months of graduating.  The Scottish university sector average is 95.2%. 

The information was released by HESA, which published the UK performance indicators relating to the employment outcomes of students six months after completing their qualification. The statistics are based on students who graduated in July 2016. 

Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “We are delighted that our efforts to improve continuously the employability of QMU students is reflected in today’s figures. Over recent years, we have been ambitious in our vision to strengthen our employability strategy by creating outstanding development opportunities for our student community, including mentoring programmes, internships, networking events, scholarships, special event employment and volunteering opportunities, employer engagement networks and international travel opportunities. Our academic staff are well connected in their industries – some of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field of expertise - and many of our graduates acknowledge the assistance that individual staff have provided in helping them secure employment in their chosen areas.
 
“QMU offers an impressive range of career-enhancing extracurricular opportunities and our size means that a high proportion of students, particularly those who seek out opportunities, can easily take full advantage of these benefits.”

For further information on the HESA performance indicators released today visit: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/performance-indicators/employment-summary
 
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For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239, or Jonathan Perkins, Press and PR Officer, E: jperkins@qmu.ac.uk T: 0131 474 0000. 
 

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